Staff underneath a pavilion with green plant decoration and fairy lights.


Board Officers

President           Jonathan Herman
Vice President   Robert George                      
Treasurer           Melissa Zucker    
Secretary           Rebecca Lewis


Board Trustees


Allison Allsopp

Josh Boerner
William Downs
Robert Frato    
Diane Johnson-Keller    

Jeffrey Lewis

Craig Sonntag    


Keith Kaiser
Chuck McClaugherty
Gerard Mastroianni
Thomas Moushey
Dean Pugh
Todd Pugh


Executive Director                   Melinda Carmichael
Education Director                  Nancy Baker-Cazan
Marketing Director                  Beth Karapandzich
Horticulture Manager             Tiffany Stephens
Wildlife Specialist                    Kim Brown

Education Assistants               Krista Pochedly-Davis

                                                    Molly Sautter
Visitor Services Director          Sarah Carmichael
Volunteer Coordinator            Christian Carmichael
Head Gardener                          Kathy Roesti
Facility Maintenance                Jason Stephens
Administrative Assistant         Sharon Purvis
Master Craftsman                    Mark Staib
Butterfly House Supervisor     Rose Nero
Bookkeeper                               Sharon Purvis


Seasonal staff includes:

Additional gardeners

Grounds maintenance



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Beech Creek Gardens is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates on a 181-acre site in Stark County’s Washington Township in the heart of northeast Ohio. We provide educational opportunities and interactive experiences that inspire people to be good stewards of their communities and the world. 

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Beech Creek Gardens and these participating organizations & businesses in Stark County have pledged to follow Ohio Health Department's Responsible Restart Ohio sector-specific business guidelines for opening. We have implemented guidelines that protect the health of visitors and employees and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.